Lopez's Blast Lifts Titans to Series Win
May 1, 2011
Fullerton, Calif. - Fullerton, Calif - Carlos Lopez hit a two-run home run in the bottom of the eighth to break a 4-4 tie to lift Cal State Fullerton to a 6-4 win over Pacific Sunday afternoon at Goodwin Field.
Nick Ramirez (1-0), in relief of Dylan Floro in the eighth, picked up the win, as the Titans improved to 30-13, 11-4 and took the series from the Tigers. Reliever Matthew Carvutto (2-1) suffered the loss, surrendering Lopez's blast in his second inning of work. Pacific dropped to 14-25, 6-9.
Pacific took a 1-0 lead in the third when Josh Simms was hit by Floro and then stole second with an out in the inning. A ground ball later, Dustin Torchio drove home Simms with a single through the left side.
Fullerton came right back scoring two runs in their half of the third. Two hit batters and a wild pitch by Pacific starter Jake Hummel, set up RBI opportunities for Tyler Pill (RBI-single) and Ramirez (fielder's choice groundout).
After Pacific scored a lone run in the fourth to tie, Fullerton rebounded with another two-run inning, re-taking the lead at 4-2. This time, a pair of walks started things, with both coming around to score on Pill's two-run single to center.
The Tigers tied the game in the sixth with three singles and a sac-fly. Simms led off the inning with a knock to center and Torchio's hit two right moved Simms to third. Carvutto's base hit to right brough home Simms and Brian Martin's fly ball scored Torchio.
Torchi was 4-for-4 on the afternoon to lead all players. Ramirez led the way with two hits for Fullerton.
Titan starter Floro worked seven innings and gave up four runs on eight hits. Hummel worked six inning and allowed four runs on just three hits.
The Titans return to action next weekend at UC Riverside, Friday through Sunday.